Post # 1
I’m sure how I feel about this so I’ll need your help. Recently my dear friend was at my wedding as a guest (she didn’t work on our wedding or anything). Shortly after our wedding, she started her own event coordinating business which focuses on wedding. She took a few pictures at my wedding and wanted to use those pictures for her website in facebook. I’m not sure how I feel about it since she didn’t work on my wedding, nor do I want to offend my coordinator since she didn’t even get any pictures from us yet. I told her no for now because I don’t feel comfortable with this idea, or what if she takes credit for “planning” a wedding that she wasn’t involved at all. She said she’s not taking credit for it but I think it’s weird to put wedding pictures in your business page that you didn’t work on, right?
Anway, any help would be great!
Post # 2
I understand why you think it’s weird. It *is* a little weird. For the sake of her potential future clients, I think she’d be best served by complete honesty, and the reality is that people looking at her website are going to think the photos there are of weddings she has coordinated, and that’s not accurate. What is she going to say if a client points at one of those photos and says, “So tell me about their wedding, what was it like?” She’s going to have to lie by omission and describe your wedding without admitting that she didn’t have anything to do with coordinating it, OR be honest and say that it’s just a photo of her friends but that she didn’t plan their wedding, and either way she ends up looking bad.
Post # 3
As someone who uses wedding photos to show my work, I would not use someone’s work or photo I was not involved with. That’s odd to me and my personal feelings I wouldn’t be ok with that.
Post # 4
It’s a little weird, but if she doesn’t have a lot of photos to use, she will probably just end up using stock photos anyway (Which plenty of websites do). If you aren’t comfortable with it, don’t feel like you have to say yes, but I don’t think it’s the biggest deal.
Post # 5
She’s obviously trying to make it look like she worked your wedding. This is unfair to your coordinator and it’s false advertising to clients. You’d be amazed where I’ve found pictures of my work, and even my face once used to sell cosmetics I have nothing to do with. This is unscrupulous.
Tell your friend you’re sorry, but your wedding pictures aren’t meant for commerce and direct her to cheap stock photos online That she can use.
Ps it amazes me that people will say this is no big deal. Wait till it’s your work someone is using to sell services that compete with yours. Not cool.
Post # 6
I think it could mislead people into thinking she coordinated your wedding. Maybe blame it on your photographer’s contract? Many write lines into their contracts stating their work can’t be used in a promotional/commerical fashion without their written consent.
Post # 7
I wouldn’t have a problem with this. She probably just wants random wedding photos to start with – if she doesn’t use yours she might use xyz photos she purchased from Getty images or somewhere else. As long as she doesn’t misrepresent and say she coordinated your wedding, and if you have rights to them from your photog, I would let her use them.
Post # 8
Thats absolutely not acceptable. Why dont you ask your planner/coordinator and see what they say….
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2015 - Hidden Acres
I have to agree with all the other posters, it’s not her work, so she’d be starting off a relationship with any potential clients with dishonesty. Not a good choice in my book. If I was a potential client and found out she’d posted work that wasn’t hers, I’d find another planer with a quickness! I agree with your decision to tell her no, I’d do the same thing in your shoes. If she’s a real friend and she’s confident in her own ability to get clients, she wouldn’t even be considering asking you that kind of question.